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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Posted in everything, games, shmups, video at 6:38 pm by the2bears

A nice 10 minute video of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, showing a fair amount of game play, was released at PAX East recently. I’ve been waiting and watching this game for years now, and the video shows just how polished and beautiful it is.

However, I am a little nervous. Right or wrong, I originally pegged this as a shmup. As you can see from the video, though, there are a lot of different game mechanics being utilized. There are puzzles to solve, and items to collect, in what appears to be a quest for the next movie? Not sure how that will work, but I’m still holding onto the hope that there’s an “arcade” game mode included. From the video, it looks like you can get through sections without having to shoot a lot of the enemies. You also shoot on all azimuths, it’s an arena shooter with a guide indicating which direction to fly. I imagine it’s using the dual sticks, so will flying and shooting be floaty and less precise?

Still, it’s absolutely beautiful. You can clearly see Michel Gagné’s creative inspiration behind this. It’s not easy to mix other media into games, and a little worrisome at times. There really is a place, though, for “games as art”. I’m hoping this is also falls into the “games as games” niche, too.


  1. owen said,

    March 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    looks pretty sweet, he should do a animated movie. sound effects are excellent too

  2. the2bears said,

    March 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm


    I guess you sum up why I’m a little worried: Michel Gagne’s animation background. Mixing of media and all that.

    However, my new years’ resolution (one of?) is to not be such a curmudgeon and give things the benefit of the doubt! 😉


  3. owen said,

    March 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    if the game has even half the emotion that the trailer creates then its a must buy. So what if its 50% animated movie, black OPS is like 80% movie and 10% game.

  4. the2bears said,

    March 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm


    Well, extend that: So what if it’s 100% animated movie.

    It can have all the personality imaginable, and be stuffed full of emotion. But now it’s not a game. It’s something else, very good, but not a game.

    I love to have a game provoke an emotional response. I get that right now playing Under Defeat. I “Insanely Twisted…” does the same thing, as a shmup. That’s all I worry about. I’ll buy this regardless, if it’s on hardware I have of course, and I’ve little doubt I’ll like it. Bonus if it’s a solid shoot ’em up.


  5. owen said,

    March 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

    50% animated movie is my limit for a game. any more than that then its not a game anymore but an interactive movie. If its not a game then you’d get just as much enjoyment watching a 100% “Lets Play..” on youtube (which I have do on some occasions) instead of buying it yourself – at least this way you get extra commentory and you don’t have to boot up you console.

  6. Hornet600S said,

    August 6, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Hey Bill,

    it’s out. Tried the demo version yesterday. While it looks just beautiful (maybe a tad too dark sometimes for my taste, but that’s probably only level 1) and most likely is a good game – it’s no shmup, at least not in my definition. The emphasis lies on exploring and manipulating, not shooting. Well, at least that’s the impression I got playing the demo.
    Too bad, would like a real shmup with that type of artwork. Still didn’t make up my mind if I should buy it or not. I fear it’s that sort of game I like for 2 hours and then it’s never started again.


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